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Monday 23 October 2017

Fame The Musical to visit Opera House in November

ESTIMATED 100,000 PEOPLE HAVE SEEN THE HIT PRODUCTION

MARIA PEPPER

AN estimated 100,000 people will have seen Fame, The Musical by the time it hits Wexford for a five night run at the Opera House in November.

An average of 1,000 people a night have been going to see the successful production since it opened in the Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin, at the beginning of September for the start of a tour taking in Castlebar, Belfast, Cork, Derry, Killarney, Limerick and Galway.

The show will finish in Wexford after seven Opera House performances on November 14 with the director Bryan Flynn hoping that it goes out 'on a bang'.

Bryan, a native of Waterford who also wrote and directed Michael Collins The Musical, is looking forward to working in Wexford's new Opera House, having directed an award-winning production of 'Sweeney Todd' for Wexford Light Opera Society in the old Opera House some years ago.

He is delighted with the feedback on Fame which he won the contract to direct after beating off stiff Irish and UK competition for the job.

'Everywhere it goes, it gets standing ovations. People are happy and upbeat after seeing it and that's a great compliment', he said.

The musical was updated to give it a more 21st century feel and the top British choreographer Gerry Lloyd who has worked with Victoria Beckham, Tom Jones, Girls Aloud, Atomic Kitten and S Club 8, was drafted in to incorporate some cutting-edge dance routines.

The cast features a cast of highly-talented young dancers and singers drawn from the UK and Ireland, including the Irish starts Ben Morris and Jessica Cervi who landed the coveted lead parts of Nick and Serena after delivering outstanding audition performances every week in front of TV cameras and a live audience in an RTE television show.

Paul Monaghan who plays Mr. Schiefkopf, the music teacher, is not a stranger to Wexford either, having appeared as Anatoly in the Wexford Light Opera Society production of 'Chess' that won the overall award in the AIMS festival ten years ago.

The result is a highly-entertaining and uplifting experience for the audience as fresh life is breathed into a universally familiar show.

'It was very exciting to be part of something on this scale. From an audience point of view, I'm thrilled by the reaction to it,' said Bryan who is based in Cork where he regularly directs shows at Cork Opera House.

Tickets for five nightly and two matinee performances of Fame The Musical in Wexford are available from Wexford Opera, www.wexfordoperahouse.ie.

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